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Probable Claws (Theda Krakow Mystery #4)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When cats start getting sick, feline-loving freelance writer Theda Krakow suspects an accident is to blame. But her shelter-owning rocker buddy Violet claims the contaminated kibble was poisoned. When Theda starts looking at shelter politics she finds a number of people who could have happily committed this heinous crime. The city shelter may be backing down from a healthy ...more
ebook, 262 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2009)
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My favorite computer moments, however awkward, are when I have a cat sitting on my desk, another cat lying across my chest and arms and a dog at my feet. There is just something comforting in being surrounded by my fur friends. It might come as a surprise then when I tell you that I haven’t always been a fan of animal related mysteries. No, that isn’t quite true. I had not really tried enough to form that solid of an opinion. What I had read had not impressed me much and so for quite a while, I ...more
Four books into her series featuring Theda Krakow, rock critic and cat-lover, Clea Simon shows no signs of burnout, which is good news for readers. I do sometimes wonder how many different cat-related crimes she'll be able to come up with, but Theda's life of music, writing, and cats is so seamless that I bet we won't notice when the crimes she solves no longer involve cats in danger. That hasn't happened yet. In PROBABLE CLAWS, Theda's friend Violet calls in a panic -- the cats in the no-kill s ...more
Petula Darling
I don't know what I was thinking when I picked this up, having given the previous book in the series only two stars. This novel gave me exactly what I should have expected: a clunky story about annoying people who are completely obsessed with their truly horrible cats. Panning this book after reading its predecessor would be like going into a porn theater and being outraged by the obscenity....and yet I can't seem to help myself.
Cat-loving mystery fans will enjoy this book. Unlike a lot of "cat-mysteries", this one does not portray the cats as anything other than, well, cats (which is a plus for me, since reading about cats speaking to their people in English, or cats displaying almost supernatural powers of detection, has always been a distraction for me personally).

Theda Krakow has two passions in life: her cats, and her music. (Her boyfriend, she's not so sure about...) When someone starts poisoning the food at her f
This was my first Clea Simon's book but not my last. Probable Claws was a great story and a good mystery. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting read with strong characters. Here is my review:

The news is full of reports of food that may not be safe to eat. We are all concerned that food for humans is safe as well as food for animals and our beloved pets.

When Theda Krakow receives a call from her friend Violet, who runs a non-kill shelter, saying that the cats in her shelter a
Kat Lebo
Another crackerjack adventure from Clea Simon.

This time around not only are Theda Krakow's friends in trouble, she's in trouble up to her eyeballs! The whole crew is back, Theda and her tuxedo cat, Musetta, Violet and Caro at the no-kill cat shelter, Tess, Bunny, Real Estate broker, Patti, fellow Mail music critic Ralph, Mail Arts editor, Tim, and, of course, Theda's S.O., Bill. Add a few new characters in Francesca, an aspiring singer/songwriter who has become friends with Tess, Ellis, the 'ba
If you like great cozies with animals, you'll enjoy the first installment in the Theda Krakow series, Probable Claws. In this one, Theda learns that someone's poisoning kittens with bad cat food. When Theda investigates, she'll find out what's really going on. When she talks to Dr. Rachel, someone attacks Theda and killed Rachel, framing her for the murder. While she's on bail, she tries to put the pieces together in Rachel's life, while she's savaging her relationship with Bill, and someone's s ...more
All Boston rock journalist Theda Krakow wants to do is get her beloved cat's teeth cleaned. But when she finds a dead body, she instinctively picks up the weapon, and now she's charged with murder. Fortunately, her boyfriend is a former policeman, who can persuade the court to let her be bailed out. Her main employer, facing budget cuts, is not so generous, and refuses to buy more of her columns. That leaves her with almost no money, and facing years in prison. Theda desperately looks for someon ...more
Although it's an interesting mix of cozy and graphic murder mystery, I don't think I'll seek out more books in this series. If I want a fun cat murder I'll go for something in the "Cat Who" series. If I want blood and angst and destruction and redemption of recurring characters I'll read the "Inspector Lynley" series. Combining the two doesn't really scratch either itch for me.
What fun! A book written by a cat lover, for cat lovers, and about cat lovers. This is the only book of this series I've read but it was a delightful wallow in the world of cats, music, dating, and murder of course.
Dennis Fischman
It's a bad sign when you care more about what happens to the cats in the book than what happens to the human characters. Perhaps I should have read the earlier books in the series first.
A mystery involving the Boston music scene, newspaper journalists, animal shelters, lots of cats. I like the series, but the plot for this one was kind of convoluted.
This was a good book. There were quite few things going on, which seemed confusing until I really caught on to how the book was written. Very good mystery novel.
Very enjoyable mystery. I enjoy the cat characters as much as the human ones.
Really satisfying cat behavior descriptions,but not so hot otherwise.
Boring...never made it past page 50.
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Clea Simon is the author of the Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries, the Pru Marlowe pet noir mysteries, and the Theda Krakow mysteries, as well as three nonfiction books, including The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats. The recipient of multiple honors, including the Cat Writers Associations Presidents Award, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband ...more
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